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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Jones out to gain Ashes revenge
Simon Jones (right) and Geraint Jones
Simon Jones says he wants to pay back Australia for his 2002 misery.

The 26-year-old, named in England's Ashes squad along with fellow Welshman Geraint Jones, was involved in the 2002 series in Australia.

But in the first Test he was floored with a career threatening knee injury to jeers from the Brisbane crowd.

"They called me a 'weak Pommie' and I was even hit by a beer can," said Jones. "It will be nice to prove them wrong this time round."

The Glamorgan paceman insists that Australia's crushing NatWest Challenge triumph over England will not have an effect on the Ashes series.

You build yourself up to play and it's tough to take something like that
Simon Jones on being substituted in the NatWest Challenge
"The one-day game is not a true reflection and a lot of it was down to the toss," Jones told BBC Sport Wales.

"Our confidence has been built over the last two years and it is still high.

"Australia are the number-one side in the world and the biggest challenge, the only way we can take their place is by beating them."

The Swansea man is still smarting at the final NatWest game, though.

With England's batsmen struggling, he was replaced by supersub Vikram Solanki before he had chance to play an active part.

"Unfortunately I was the fall guy and it was obviously gutting," said Jones.

"You build yourself up to play and it's tough to take something like that, but you have to do what's best for the team.

"I still got a cap for it, though, that was the strangest thing of all!"

*You can hear more from Simon Jones on BBC Radio Wales' The Back Page programme, Saturday, 16 July, 0830-0900 BST

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